terror war and American images in the world

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America’s Image in the World: Findings from the Pew Global Attitudes Project Testimony of Andrew Kohut President, Pew Research Center Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives March 14, 2007 I am delighted to have this opportunity to help this committee better understand how the United States is perceived throughout the world. I am not here to make recommendations about how to solve America’s image problem, but to provide you with as much information as I can about the nature of that problem. The Pew Global Attitudes Project is the largest ever series of multinational surveys focusing on worldwide issues. The project began in June 2001 with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to conduct an international survey on globalization and democratization. However, following the tragic events of September 11 th , much of our focus shifted – we became primarily concerned with how America is perceived abroad and with global attitudes toward the U.S.-led war on terrorism. I am here to tell you what we have learned over these years about international opinion of the U.S., including views of its policies, values, and people. Since our first poll in June 2002, we have interviewed in depth about 110,000 people in 50 countries. I believe it is fair to say we have been the first and foremost chronicler of the rise of anti-Americanism in the 21 st century. Indeed, the headlines of our annual reports on America’s image tell the story: December 2002 – America’s image slips, although goodwill towards the U.S. remains June 2003 – U.S. image plunges in the wake of the Iraq war March 2004 – No improvement in U.S. image, some worsening in Europe June 2005 – U.S. image improves slightly, although still negative in most places; and anti-Americanism is becoming increasingly entrenched June 2006 – Show little further progress – in fact some back sliding. Even as the publics of the world concurred with the Americans on many global problems. This survey highlighted the extent to which the Iraq war is a drag on perceptions of the U.S., even among publics of our oldest allies who largely agree with the U.S. on any number of threats to global stability including Iran and North Korea.
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To give you some sense of the magnitude of the problem, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. declined in Germany, from 78% in 2000 to 37% currently. The numbers are similar in France, but even worse in Spain, where only 23% have a favorable view, and in Turkey, where it is 12%. Most people in these countries held positive views of the U.S. at the start of the decade. Features of Current Anti-Americanism Beyond the bottom line percentages I would like to describe to you what we have learned about nature of the anti-Americanism we see today.
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